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NCJ Number: 153406 Find in a Library
Title: Deliver Us From Evil: A Profile of Kids Who Murder, England/Wales 1982-1992
Journal: Juvenile Justice Digest  Volume:22  Issue:24  Dated:(December 21, 1994)  Pages:7-9
Author(s): R B McNally
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article, the second in a three-part series, presents a profile of British juveniles convicted of murder or manslaughter during the period between 1982 and 1992.
Abstract: The observations outlined here are based on anecdotal data obtained from reviewing 20 select cases and aim to corroborate other, empirical research. The profile of an adolescent murderer is a white male, aged 14.6 years, of average intelligence, who usually knew his victim. Thirty percent of the homicides were committed with a knife, 20 percent with a blunt instrument, and 20 percent occurred when the offender was driving a stolen automobile out of control. About half the offenders had previous court contacts and 20 percent had been placed in foster homes or other social service agency placements. Seventy percent of the juvenile offenders profiled here were labeled as having a conduct disorder; only 15 percent lived in intact families at the time of the homicide. These findings are corroborated by other studies using similar samples.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Juvenile murderers; Offender profiles
Note: See NCJ-153404 for part 3
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